Xianghe, a small town 50km from Beijing, has become known as a resort largely because of the Grand Epoch City, a replica of the old Beijing in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The town is also known as a film production centre, the national soccer team's training base, and for its golf course, luxury hotels and other facilities for entertainment, sports, international conventions and exhibitions. Even the star-studded Real Madrid football team visited Grand Epoch City during its two-day stay in Beijing this summer. The attraction, which features Ming- and Qing-style buildings and gardens surrounded by a 5km wall, will be under the spotlight today and tomorrow as financial and central bank chiefs from the world's 20 biggest economies meet to discuss matters of global concern. Grand Epoch City illustrates traditional and modern Chinese culture and architecture, which is why decision makers in Beijing have selected it as the venue to host the country's most significant international event in years.